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Former Lady Demon dings life long friend

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Dexter Lady Demon senior pitcher Bryana Munoz gets ready to fire a pitch against the Artesia Lady Dogs Saturday in the title game of the Artesia Lady Dog Invitational. Munoz will play college softball next year at the University of Texas at El Paso. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA — Senior Kali Crandall of the Artesia High softball team admitted she had mixed reactions hitting a two-run homer off Dexter senior Bryana Munoz in the title game of the Artesia Lady Dog Softball Invitational Saturday afternoon.

The blast in the bottom of the first was part of a wild contest between the three time defending 3A state champion Lady Demons and the 5A Lady Dogs. Artesia won 6-5.

Crandall attended school in Dexter from pre-kindergarten to her sophomore year. During her junior year, her family moved to Artesia.

Crandall’s dinger came off Lady Demons senior starting pitcher Bryana Munoz.

“Playing against them was awesome. Bry’s a great pitcher,” Crandall said.

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Crandall was surprised about the pitch and the blast and Munoz didn’t have any hard feelings for the current Lady Dog, who she said, “is a lifetime best friend.”

Munoz enjoyed the challenge competing against the former Lady Demon; they had been teammates since the eighth grade.

“I made the dumb mistake to leave it down the pipe and she made me pay and that’s what I expect out of her,” Munoz said.

The after effects of Crandall’s round-tripper didn’t last long as the Lady Demons scored two runs in the top of the second inning, and during the bottom portion of the frame, the Lady Dogs scored on a Dexter error. Despite the miscue, the visitors had a 4-3 lead that lasted until the bottom of the fourth as Artesia’s first two hitters, senior right fielder Adrianna Baeza and senior center fielder Elisa Cardenas both singled and later advanced on a wild pitch.

Sophomore second baseman Chandler Groves drove in both runners on a base hit. Munoz was able to retire the rest of the Lady Dogs as Artesia overtook Dexter 5-3.

The Lady Dogs kept the Lady Demons in check in the fifth and sixth innings. Dexter allowed one single in the bottom of the fifth. However, in the bottom of the sixth Artesia was able to get some insurance thanks to a bases loaded walk to Crandall that brought in senior shortstop Alexa Riggs.

The extra run would help Artesia in the top of the seventh as Munoz walked and advanced on a wild pitch and fielder’s choice, she also scored on a fielder’s choice. However, it wasn’t enough as winning pitcher senior Kacey Thurman was able to strike out the last batter.

Dexter went 2-1 against 5A competition. The Lady Demons pounded Goddard 18-3 on the opening day of the tournament and played Los Lunas in the first championship semifinal Saturday winning 3-1.

Dexter head coach Kim Smith felt that the Lady Demons battled during the tournament.

“Our youth kind of showed a little today; this game is only going to make us better. That’s a great ball club standing over there,” Smith said of Artesia.

Bryana Munoz liked playing the larger schools.

“I love it because it gives me a challenge I need to work and I’ve got to get better and go out there and fighting it just makes me better against good hitters,” Munoz said.

Artesia defeated Cobre on the opening night of the tournament 6-0 and defeated Alamogordo 8-1 before playing the Lady Demons in the title game. Crandall pitched against the Tigers during Saturday’s opening action.

“As a team, we did really good. We hit the ball really well after the fifth inning. We had eight runs and we held them to zero (runs) up until the last out of the seventh inning, our defense was awesome,” Crandall said.

Roswell High falls to Cobre in consolation championship(subhead)

The Lady Coyotes lost to Los Lunas 17-2 in Friday night’s opening game. Roswell started play on the consolation side of the bracket with a 4-2 win Saturday morning over the Goddard Lady Rockets.

Saturday afternoon, Roswell lost 5-3 to the Indians. Cobre had a 5-0 lead going into the top fifth inning when senior Nayelli Morales smacked a three run homer.

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